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Deborah S. Ballati, Esq. to Receive ABA Construction Law Cornerstone Award

Deborah S. Ballati, Esq. to Receive ABA Construction Law Cornerstone Award

Award honors Forum member for career contributions and excellence within construction law

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San Francisco – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to share that Deborah S. Ballati, Esq. is receiving the Cornerstone Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law.

The highest honor presented by the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the Cornerstone Award recognizes a Forum member who has rendered long-term exceptional service to the construction industry, to the public, and to the legal profession.

The Forum on Construction Law is the largest organization of Construction lawyers in the United States, and indeed in the world. The Forum’s roughly 6,000 Members and Associates are drawn from all types of Construction practice – law firms large and small, solo practitioners, in-house and government counsel, as well as construction professionals and the public sector. 

After decades of experience, Deborah has made an indelible mark within the construction industry and is a revered member of the legal community. We congratulate her on this award and are grateful to have her as one of our panelists.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Ms. Ballati joined JAMS in 2018 and is based in the San Francisco Resolution Center. She serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master in a variety of disputes including business and commercial, construction, engineering, government and public agency and insurance. Prior to JAMS, she served as a litigator for over 42 years dealing in civil and commercial matters and developed an expertise in construction and insurance coverage disputes.

The Cornerstone Award will be presented at the ABA Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting held from May 4 through May 7.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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Deborah S. Ballati, Esq., FCIArb
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